All posts by Greg Kumparak

Ring’s new video doorbell gets 1080p video and a swappable battery pack

 We liked Ring’s video doorbell when we reviewed it back in 2015, but it wasn’t without its quirks. If you didn’t hook it up to an existing doorbell system for power (if you were using at an apartment or a rental where you weren’t allowed to change things, for example, or if an existing doorbell system wasn’t in place) keeping it charged was a pain. You had to take… Read More

Pokémon Go is getting cooperative play and a new gym system. Here’s how they work

 Just about a year ago, Pokémon Go came out of nowhere and took over the world. If you lived in any sort of big city, you probably couldn’t go a block without seeing a Go player sprint by, staring at their phone all the while. The hype inevitably died down, of course. Some people caught everything there was to catch; others stopped as the summer nights turned chilly; others simply got… Read More

Here are the most well-designed apps of 2017, as picked by Apple

 Each year since 1997, Apple has picked a handful of apps that it felt were amongst the best made on its platforms. The apps that best captured or represented the capabilities of a particular device (this year meaning an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or all of the above) — or the ones that were just too pretty to ignore. These Apple Design Awards are usually handed out in a big ceremony… Read More

Tim Cook says he tried to persuade Trump not to leave the Paris agreement “but it wasn’t enough”

 Donald Trump took to the White House Rose Gardens this afternoon to announce his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, and reactions from the leaders of some of the world’s biggest companies have been pouring in since. Within hours, Tesla CEO Elon Musk followed up on his promise to depart the president’s advisory team if we withdrew. Shortly thereafter,… Read More

Dancing robots! Backflipping drones! Apple wants your iPad to teach you to program hardware

 Code rules everything around me. And you. Really: be it the stoplight you stared at this morning, or the train you rode in on, or the lil’ robot vacuum keeping your floor ever-so-slightly cleaner while you’re away, code is everywhere. But even for people who’ve put the time in to learn to program, jumping from software to hardware can be a challenge — even if said… Read More

Apple went full dad joke with the names of this year’s secret WWDC panels

 [somewhere in Cupertino, probably] “Hey Rick?” “Yeah, Bill?” “We need a bunch of placeholder names for sessions at WWDC. The ones about… you know. That stuff we’re not really allowed to talk about yet. People tear these names apart looking for clues on what’s coming, so can you name them all ‘SESSION NAME TBD’ and throw them… Read More

Lucid Motors and Local Motors on the wildly different paths each is taking to change the way we look at vehicles

 Lucid Motors and Local Motors. Two companies, both looking to shake up how the world thinks about vehicles and mobility — but each one is trying to take an entirely different route to get there. Lucid wants to build a luxury electric sedan (driverless, eventually) by tapping a team of 300 hand-picked experts in the field; Local is building driverless shuttles via the “most… Read More

Ford CTO Raj Nair on the future: Ford will look very different in ten years

 Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, our own Darrell Etherington sat down with Ford Motor Company CTO (and Ford emplopyee since 1987!) Raj Nair to chat about the future and how a company like Ford shifts with an evolving industry — particularly as the car industry adopts the idea of cars that drive themselves. While the overall panel was about autonomous vehicles, they started off with a… Read More

A day on the track with the ridiculous 2017 Ford GT supercar

 A few weeks back, Ford invited us out to Salt Lake City to spend an afternoon in the 2017 Ford GT supercar. They’re only making 250 of these things per year, and they’ll go for around $500,000 each. Needless to say, I mulled it over for about 9 milliseconds before buying myself a plane ticket and heading for Utah. Before we dive in, a bit of backstory: back in 1963, Henry Ford II… Read More